Student Success

Ryan Wattam ’05 ~ Marine Biologist, NOAA Officer, & World Traveler

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:15pm

Since the age of 10, growing up in St. Louis, Mo., Ryan Wattam always knew he wanted to become a marine biologist. After graduation from high school, his love of the ocean, sea life, and water sports drew him to Spring Hill College—just a half hour’s drive from the Gulf Coast.

“I initially became interested in Spring Hill because of the strong marine biology program and proximity to the shore when compared to St. Louis,” says Wattam. “When I visited in early 2001, I was taken by the beauty of the campus, and how welcoming everyone was.”

Meeri Kangas ’15 ~ Peace, Love, and Theology

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 11:30am

Spring Hill College senior Meeri Kangas exudes the Jesuit ideal of “going forth and setting the world on fire.” The theology major from Irving, Texas is well-known across campus for her positive energy, enthusiasm, and genuine love for her fellow classmates.

After attending Nolan Catholic High School, Kangas knew she wanted a Jesuit-based college education, preferably in the South. She found the perfect fit with Spring Hill College.

Stephanie Prescott ’15 ~ Just Do It!

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 2:30pm

When business analyst Stephanie Prescott isn’t traveling internationally, training new employees, or handling projects for Airbus Americas Engineering, Inc., she’s hitting the books—studying finance, economics, and statistics. Prescott, a Spanish Fort, Ala., native who graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from SHC in 1999, recently decided to return to the Hill to pursue her master’s degree in business administration.

Bill Harkins ’16 ~ Pray, Hope, Don’t Worry

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 11:45am

After a distinguished career with the Marines spanning two decades, Bill Harkins returned to his hometown of Mobile, Ala., ready to pursue the next chapter in his life.

Tyrone Barnes ’14 ~ The Time to Make A Difference is Now

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 11:30am

After spending years on the road and caring for thousands of patients, a brief stop back in Tyrone Barnes’ hometown of Mobile, Ala., completely changed the direction of his career.

Barnes, who then lived in Houston, Texas, decided to stop by Spring Hill College’s division of nursing to visit some old professors. While on campus, he had the chance to speak to Dr. Ola Fox about his dreams and aspirations.

Dominique Howard ’17 ~ Badgers, Beatles, and New Beginnings

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:00am

When Dominique Howard joined the Boys & Girls Club of the Gulf Coast as a 5-year-old growing up in Pass Christian, Miss., she never dreamed that the organization would someday help pay for her college education.

Brian Kampen ’14 ~ Student Leader, Filmmaker, & Movie Extra

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 10:30am

The moment Brian Kampen stepped on the movie set of 21 Jump Street in New Orleans, La., the Spring Hill College student knew that he’d found the perfect career. Selected as an extra for the movie, starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, Kampen spent several weeks in 2011 soaking up the excitement, teamwork, and discipline that go into directing a major motion picture.

SHC Scholar Spotlight: Patty Mgbodile

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 11:00am

Patriciamarie "Patty" Mgbodile is one of five incoming freshmen to receive the Spring Hill Scholars award, Spring Hill College’s most prestigious academic scholarship.

Jordan Truxillo ’14 ~ Sociology, Service, and Success

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 2:00pm

Classmates, faculty, and staff agree that Jordan Truxillo ’14 exudes everything positive about being a Spring Hill College Badger. Known for her open, friendly disposition, Truxillo has spent the past four years at SHC making her mark as a caring and dedicated student, friend, and volunteer.

For Truxillo, who attended McGill-Toolen Catholic High School in Mobile, Ala., remaining close to the Gulf Coast was a top priority when choosing a place to do her undergraduate studies.

Ellie Heffernan ’15 ~ Beach Trips, Business, and Balance

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 4:00pm

A yearly vacation trek from St. Louis, Mo., to Gulf Shores, Ala., led Ellie Heffernan and her family right by the gates of Spring Hill College. During the trip during Ellie’s junior year of high school, Heffernan’s mother decided that the family should spend a day visiting the campus.

“I was actually annoyed at losing time at the beach, but it was the best decision I made in my life,” says Heffernan. “There was literally no one on campus, but I fell in love with the school. It was the first college I had visited; yet I told my parents that that this was the one.”

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